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Nature and liberty

Author: John Zvesper
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Routledge, 1993.
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"Liberal democracy is currently being more widely adopted, so much so that the thesis that this regime stands at 'the end of history' has become fashionable. Yet immense internal problems remain unresolved in these regimes." "In Nature and Liberty, John Zvesper explores three of the most important of these tensions within modern liberal politics - those connected with ethnicity and race, sex and family life, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Zvesper
ISBN: 0415089239 9780415089234
OCLC Number: 26014728
Description: vi, 197 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
State and society --
Liberal physiphobia --
Methods and aims --
2. Unity and plurality in ethnic politics --
The decline of liberalism in recent American ethnic politics --
American responses to 'the immigrant problem' --
Towards a liberal ethnic politics --
3. Sexual difference and human equality --
The ends and limits of liberal feminism --
Individualism and families --
Beyond individualism --
The continuing relevance of sexual natures --
Judicial scrutiny of sex discrimination --
The continuing importance of human nature --
4. Bureaucracy and liberal constitutionalism --
Constitutionalism and formalism --
Bureaucratic heartlessness and liberal spiritedness --
The administrative state and the liberal polity --
Bureaucracy and democracy --
Putting bureaucracy in its place --
The new antipolitical system --
5. Unnatural liberalism --
The utilitarian critique of classical liberalism --
Beyond utilitarianism --
Rawlsian communitarianism --
Individuality, equality and moral personality --
Rawlsian politics --
Self-respect, community and humanity --
6. Liberty and nature --
The moderation of nature --
Radical and moderate modernity --
Natural teleology and humanity --
Liberty and nature.
Responsibility: John Zvesper.
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An approach to the problems of liberal democracies and of modern liberal political theory. Zvesper looks at the internal problems of the regime in America and proposes a political theory that  Read more...

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